Friend or Foe: the New Patent Challenge Procedures at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
By Adam Kelly and Arthur Yuan
Asserting patent rights are no longer the province of pencil-pushing technology companies. Many businesses, big and small alike, have recognized the
tremendous value derived from patents and have incorporated them into their revenue-generating strategies. Those strategies often lead to patent
infringement disputes. Although patent disputes between patent owners and their challengers are typically resolved in federal court, Congress recently
established alternative forums within the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)-forums which have become a heavily-contested battleground.
Are Your Clients Including QR Codes on Investor Statements? Doing So Could Land Them in a Patent Infringement Lawsuit
By James P. Muraff and Maxwell B. Snow
So your client contacts you for counsel on streamlining the shareholder notice and voting process. In response, you either suggest the e-proxy process or
bless your client's e-proxy ideas. The client's technologically savvy staff then includes QR (Quick Response) codes in the new e-proxy statements. These QR
codes enable shareholders to automatically launch your client's voting or investor information webpage in response to a smart phone scan. Down the road,
your client gets sued for patent infringement. Surprised? Don't be.
ARGENTINA: Court of Appeals Holds e-Commerce Platforms Liable for Trademark Infringement and Rules That Use of a Trademark as Keyword Infringes Upon
By Diego Fernández
Recently, Divisions I and III of the Federal Court of Appeals in Civil and Commercial Matters issued decisions finding DeRemate.com de Argentina S.A.
("DeRemate") and Compañía de Medios Digitales CMD S.A. ("CMD") , two e-commerce platforms, liable for trademark infringement as the result of
allowing their users to sell counterfeit NIKE goods. DeRemate was ordered to pay damages in the amount of AR$ 200,000, while CMD was ordered to pay AR$
180,000, both plus interests.
With an Intellectual Property Portfolio Strategy Comes Company Growth
By Ric Gruber
Whatever the size of the company, from Fortune 500 company to startups, there is little choice today but to be vigilant with respect to intellectual
property ("IP") enforcement. With businesses in all industries necessarily using social media and creating forceful online presences, the need for brand
and content protection immediately exists and requires a thoughtful and comprehensive IP strategy from the top down.
Key IP and Data Privacy Issues in the Internet of Things
By Chris Anderson and Tricia Brauer
While the various legal issues presented by the IoT are not independently novel, the IoT brings together multiple, previously unrelated, legal issues -
data security and privacy, intellectual property, and consumer protection, together with other legal issues typically encountered by growing companies -
corporate governance, labor, benefits, tax and others. Below are some key legal issues that have taken center stage through the recent growth of the IoT
market and should be considered by growing IoT companies.